Unbelievable as it may sound, an average of 347* vulnerable people in Suffolk have died each year (2011-2014) from causes directly attributable to the cold and poor living conditions. The vast majority affected are over 65 years old.
This is the tip of the iceberg – almost 30,000^ households in Suffolk live in fuel poverty. Many suffer in silence during the coldest months, often hidden from view, withdrawn from the world around.
With the continual support of the East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Appeal, now in its fifth year, has already raised over £310,000, and supported over 850 households during the harshest winter months. Lives have already been saved, but there is much more still to do. With a target of £100,000 for this year’s appeal the aim is to ensure that many more older people of our community don’t suffer from the cold this winter.
Suffolk Community Foundation is asking you to pledge your Winter Fuel Payment to help those desperately in need of extra support this winter.
The money raised by the Surviving Winter Appeal will be used in two ways:
*Public Health England
^Office for National Statistics